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SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2021
The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Dates & Times

September 24th-26th, 2021
Friday 3:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm


Two Farmers Market Locations:    → The SRDA Parking Lot              → S. Grand Ave. in front of the Vail Hotel
→Union Ave. will remain open.  


The $5 gate admission will NOT be required this year. We encourage you to donate gate admission and receive a coupon for a $2 off any beverage.

About the Festival

As with many events during this unprecedented global pandemic we have been working to create an event plan that inspires resilience & faith for better days, while being responsible to our community’s health and safety. We have relied on the guidance of our local government and Public Health officials and have settled upon The Pueblo Chile & Frijoles THROWBACK Fest.

This year we will pay homage to our humble roots when the festival was but 1 block long and neither the staff, vendors, nor farmers ever dreamed there would be a second festival, let alone 26!

During the 26th Annual Pueblo Chile & Frijoles THROWBACK Fest there will be two downtown areas designated for farmers markets with your favorite Pueblo grown chile roasting on Saturday 9/26 and Sunday 9/27 from the hours of 8:00am to 7:00pm. Patrons will be able to purchase their produce in a safe and socially distanced outdoor environment. Safety protocols will be in place.

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Throwback Fest Map

Popular Chile Fest Activities

→ Farmers Market, Local Dining & Shopping, & More!
→ Chili & Salsa Showdown

Cancelled Events

→ The Jalapeno Eating Contest
→ The Chihuahua Parade
→ Frijole Spitting Contest
→ Live Food Demonstrations
→ Street Vendors
Although we don't have street vendors, we encourage you to shop, eat, and stay in Pueblo! Our local businesses and restaurants are ready for you! 

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

→ No more than 175 guests allowed in any designated festival area at one time.
→ Temperature checks will be required to enter the farmers market.
→ Masks are REQUIRED for the festival. We encourage you to wear your mask unless eating or drinking.
→ Separate entry and exit gates.
→ Hand sanitizing stations available.

Chili & Salsa Showdown

The festival will heat things up with the Chili & Salsa Showdown sponsored by Brylak Law.

The competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center Saturday, September 26th for Commercial Entries and Sunday, September 27th for Non-Commercial Entries. Winners will receive cash prizes and bragging rights for best Red Chili, Green Chili, and Salsa.


Perform in front of thousands of attendees this fall! The 3-day festival is a family-friendly event held in downtown Pueblo.

Applications are CLOSED.


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